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Community Service

Procedures for Community Service Credit

The New York State Education Department has authorized the High School Principal to award ½ unit of elective credit for the successful performance of a minimum of 45 hours of community service. Accordingly, students may gain ½ unit of elective credit for the successful performance of appropriate community service. Students who wish to earn credit for community service must have approval of the Principal before performing any of the 45 required hours. Students are required to write an acceptable essay entitled "What I Learned From My Community Service Experience" at the conclusion of their community service. The essay must be a minimum of 500 words.

Students who earn community service credit will receive a grade of "P" (Pass). The grade will not be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA (Grade Point Average). Applications for approval of specific community service experiences are available in the Grade Reporting Office, room 2409. Completed applications must be signed by student, parent/guardian and the person who will verify the performance of the service. Completed applications must be returned to the Grade Reporting Office at least 2 weeks before the date on which the community service is scheduled to commence. The High School Principal determines the appropriateness of the planned service and reserves the right to reject any application.

Community Service Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available in your local area and welcome the assistance of high school students. Volunteering in the local community helps you to develop leadership and citizenship skills. Students can volunteer their time by assuming various jobs in the areas that interest them.  Examples of agencies that offer volunteer opportunities: animal shelters, food pantries/soup kitchens, churches, fire departments, and many others.     

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